Thu. Jul 18th, 2019

Team Palau breaks national, personal records in swimming competition at Pacific Games

Noel Keane at the Pacific Games 2019 in Samoa. (Photo courtesy of Palau National Olympic Committee)

Wednesday, June 10, 2019 – Apia Samoa. Swimming – The prelim was a very fast session for Team Palau as it broke yet another national record and got a couple of personal bests.

Noel continued his tear, as he lowered the national record yet again in the 100 Butterfly (1:00.79), this time with a very fast 1:00.03!

UB got a best time in her 50 Backstroke with a 34.02 and placing 9th in the event, while also going a 1:11.62 in the 100 Butterfly which got her 10th place.

Also, Osi had a good swim in her 50 Backstroke and got a 37.01, while Shawn had his best 100 Butterfly in a couple years hammering out a 1:10.67!

Swimming Finals

A historic night for Team Palau as Noel became the first Palauan under a minute in the 100 Butterfly, placing 7th, and setting yet another national Record with a 59.85!

What is even more incredible about it was just 15 minutes before that 100 Butterfly, Noel swam a 4:51.17 in the 400 Individual Medley placing him 6th in that event, which was just a mere three tenths of a second off his record. Truly a very tough double for anyone, but he handled it like a champ.

All around a great night of racing out here at Pacific Games, and we still got three more days to go. Tomorrow, we will have all four of us swimming the 200 Freestyle, as well as the Osi doing the 100 Backstroke, and Noel doing the 50 Breaststroke.

 Beach Volleyball

Our man and women’s team couldn’t pull it through the elimination round. In fact, our team played both their games with a fight and played all the way till the final set and lost. Women’s Team played against Samoa while the men’s team played against Kiribati and lost by just few points. Both our team didn’t make it through the elimination round but we are still very proud of them the way they fight till the very end. “We still keep thinking positive and moving forward to the next tournament and we’ll be back even stronger” said Coach ZakiusaNaivana at the end of their match.

Canoe – Women’s V6 Va’a team race the 500m finals this morning and ranked 5th in overall with the time of 2.15:03 which is the new national record for Palau since 2007 Pacific Games here in Samoa. The team paddled so strong today to the finish even though it wasn’t a medal but was enough to set a new record. The 1500m race preliminary today was right after the 500m finals for the V1 and the V6 but unfortunately our team was disqualified (DQ) for over shooting one of the buoys on the first turn and went inside the next lane. The team was bit upset and a lot of emotions were showing on their faces right after they got disqualified, but overall performance, the team did really well and looking forward for the long distance race on Saturday. (PR)

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